American Grove

American Grove



California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Urban Forests Council and California ReLeaf

Location: California
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Apr 24

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Your contribution to California Urban Forests Council helps grow healthy California communities by educating others about the benefits of urban forests, engaging leaders in discussions about importance of investing in urban forestry, strengthening statewide urban forestry programs and leading the way to clearer air, safer water, greater beauty and healthier people. To make a donation, click here.


Your contribution to California ReLeaf helps to preserve, protect and enhance California's urban and community forests. Donations strengthen its resources, allowing California ReLeaf to work with organizations throughout the state to plant more trees and educate more people. A donation to California ReLeaf is a gift to the people of California for generations to come. To make a donation, click here.

News, Events, & Discussion

Latest Cal. Urban Forest Council Newsletter with Great Infographic

April 23, 2014 Hello American Grove, Here's what's happening in urban and community forestry:…Continue

Started by Administrator Apr 24.

Great Green March 2014

CIEDM-ISERI 10th Annual Arbor/Earth Day Workshop - Great March for Climate ActionOrganizers:  California Institute of Environmental Design & Management (CIEDM) & International Scholars &…Continue

Tags: ecohome, california, day, arbor

Started by Neil Norton Feb 26.

Iconic Joshua trees in race against extinction

By HENRY BREAN, Las Vegas Review-Journal Updated 2:32 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2014LAS VEGAS (AP) — A century from now, the Mojave Desert's iconic plant could be pushing its way into new territory…Continue

Started by Administrator Feb 10.

New video shows how trees DO benefit real-life Californians

View our new video showcasing three true stories of how community trees are making a difference to real people.…Continue

Started by California Urban Forests Council Dec 2, 2013.

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Comment by California Urban Forests Council on December 2, 2013 at 3:06pm

Check out our great new video on how community trees are helping real-life people!

Comment by John Melvin on August 17, 2012 at 1:20pm

Hello Barbara.  We have a lot of great things going on in California in Urban Forestry these days.  We do, as you have noticed, have issues with improper tree work still.  It is a highly mixed bag when it comes to view trimming.  Some cities allow it, some don't.  My opinion is that the tree is part of the view, and that one should be allowed to plant what they want on their property so long as it causes no physical damage to their neighbor's property.  If you would like to get involved in urban forestry in our state in any way, please let me know.  I can be reached at 

John Melvin, State Urban Forester

CA Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection

Comment by Barbara Jesse on August 17, 2012 at 2:10am

I am a new transplant from Massachusetts where I had been a Tree Warden and have enjoyed the last 18 years as a ISA Certified Arborist. This year I celebrated Arbor Day by attending a great lecture at Tree Of Life Nursery to learn more about California native trees here in southern Orange County. I am stunned by the beauty of the native oaks in natural surroundings. I am saddened by the abusive trees area pruning that surrounds this area for the sake of "the view'.

Comment by Viviann Choate on January 13, 2012 at 5:27pm

Hello everyone.  I just joined.  I have planted around 100 trees by spending my Harris Poll Hi-Points on them.  Those trees have been planted all over the world.  This is the only way that I can afford to plant trees, and I think it's a pretty good way.

Comment by John Melvin on July 12, 2011 at 1:13pm

Hi Nancy,


Please give me a call or email me.  (916) 657-2289 or

Comment by Nancy Dawson Dollard on July 12, 2011 at 1:10pm

Just joined the group. I represent the City of Walnut Creek Open Space in the Bay Area. We are interested in both partnering with other organizations and providing information on how you can get involved with the Open Space Foundation on their oak habitat restoration work. It's a good group involved in hands-on planting and tree care.

Comment by John Melvin on July 7, 2011 at 4:03pm

Urban Forestry Enthusiasts:


The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Grant offerings for the current fiscal year have been posted.  You can find the Procedural Guidelines, Requests For Proposals(RFPs), and corresponding concept proposal forms at:  Questions about the grant process and about the documents themselves can be directed to your CAL FIRE Regional Urban Forester.  Each of their contact information and area of responsibility are also available at the link above.


Request For Proposal Subject Areas:


Green Trees For The Golden State (urban tree planting) Tree Inventory Urban Forest Management Plan Urban Forest Education Leafing Out (early stage or initial urban forestry project) Leading Edge (innovative urban forestry or urban greening project)


Please see the RFPs and Procedural Guide for program details.  Concet Proposals are due September 23, 2011.


John Melvin, State Urban Forester

CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection

(916) 657-2289  Office

(916) 508-2767  Cell

(916) 653-8957   Fax

Mailing:  P.O. Box 944246

Sacramento, CA  94244-2460

Shipping:  1700 N. Market St., Ste. 105

Sacramento, CA  95834 ,

RFP #2817, CUF #101, ISA #WE-5889A


Comment by John Melvin on June 14, 2011 at 1:32pm
Hi everyone!  Welcome to California Grove!  Please feel free to join and start discussions.  I would love to hear from you.

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